Sunday, 22 August 2010

Brook Meadow

Just back from this year's writer's meal at the Brook Meadow Hotel. Another succession outing and the weather continues to be kind to us, allowing us to once more extend our afternoon into the gardens. Good to see some new faces this year - I hope that Nick, Tom and Linda enjoyed the occasion.


No photo this year I'm afraid. I spent so long trying to set up the camera and figure out the self timer that the batteries died before I managed to actually take the picture. Ho hum.


Cheryl presented us with a new challenge - a flash fiction piece in just 75 words, five of which were specified in advance. As we only had yesterday to knock something together it was great to see so many having a go. If anyone wants to post their efforts, feel free to put then up on the blog.

This year's Maynah Lewis competition is in the process of being judged. We're pleased to have Judith Railton, the creative writing tutor from 3L's as our competition judge this year. Judith is also editor for The Wirral Society and for The Wirral committee for CPRE, the Campaign to Protect Rural England. We're very grateful to her for giving her time to do this. Details of the grand prize ceremony to follow.

I promised some info from Dee Rivaz about writing activities in the Mold/Ruthin area. Here goes:

Mondays Sept 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th 10am to 12 noon.

Weekly Workshops for Pinboard Writers’ Group at the
Daniel Owen Centre, Mold.
Free taster workshop sponsored by NIACE Dysgu Cymru for their ‘Sign Up
Now’ Autumn Festival of Learning.


Venue: Nantclwyd y Dre, Castle St Ruthin, LL15 1DP.

All levels of skill and experience welcome.


This workshop will concentrate on stimulating ideas for new writing in the atmospheric parlour of this 15th century town house and its peaceful gardens.

Thurs 16th Sept: 7 pmOpen Mic evening, Haydn Rees Room, Clwyd Theatre Cymru. Free slots for participants:£2 for audience tickets. Book your slot early as they are limited! Great opportunity for writers to share their work – poetry or prose. Contact Academi North Wales Fieldworker, Sioned Jones on: sioned@academi.org or 01766 522 817 to book.


Sat 25th Sept : 11am to 4 pm
Free taster workshop sponsored by NIACE Dysgu Cymru for their ‘Sign Up Now’ Autumn Festival of Learning.
Venue: Y Caban. Plas Newydd, Hill St, Llangollen, LL20 8AW.
All levels of skill and experience welcome.
This workshop will concentrate on stimulating ideas for new writing in
the extraordinary grounds of Plas Newydd, home to the Two Ladies of Llangollen.
Take advantage of this opportunity to work in the company of other writers, and see what there is to sign up to this autumn.


Mon 27th Sept: 1 to 3.30pm

Bilingual blankets, banners and bunting! Free Bilingual craft and writing workshop at Rhydymwyn Valley Park Visitor Centre. This is an experimental project, supported by Menter Iaith, Everyone welcome but the hope is that Welsh learners will take the opportunity to explore and practise their Welsh in a totally informal situation. The focus of the craft activity will be to fashion squares that interpret an idea through images and words in each language, in any media (that’s workable!) and by any method preferred - collage, printing, appliqué, embroidery, felt, knitting, crochet and so on. The idea would be that these smaller pieces could then be made up into larger items like blankets, throws, hangings, friezes or even flags or celebratory bunting (dare I say there might be a few ideas for Christmas here?).


We are going to meet once a month for a few months to see if the idea takes off, so please do come and join us. There will be tutorial support and ideas and resources to start us off, but the more people who can bring their own skills and materials to add to the equation, the better!